Splendor of South East Asia
Thailand- Vietnam- Laos - Cambodia
(14 Nights/ 14 Days) Sample Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Chiang Mai (By Air)
Late night arrival. Our representative will greet you at the airport and assist with hotel transfer. Relax and get acclimated to the new time zone.
Hotel: Ben Thai Village Hotel OR similar
Day 2: Chiang Mai
In the afternoon, enjoy Chiang Mai City tour. The city of Chiang Mai has a wealth of beautiful and historic Buddhist Wats (temples). Visit most fascinating Wats near the summit of Doi Suthep, is the 600 year old temple of WAT PHRATHAT DOI SUTHEP, tour includes WAT SUAN DOK, whose large central stupa contains Buddha relic which supposedly self-multiplied! and WAT CHEDI LUANG consist of an impressive chedi, originally built in 1411. It reached height of over 85 meters before it was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 1545.
Overnight in Chiang Mai.
Day 3: Chiang Mai
Start: 7:30am - 8:00am pick up from your Chiang Mai city hotel . Visit to an elephant nature park ‘Hands Off’ Project: where the elephants herd roam freely which can be uniquely viewed from the SkyWalk. Observe elephants take a walk around the park in their chosen herds and learn about their stories and special needs. Observe the herd bathing and their social interactions.
Evening: Enjoy a superb Khantoke Dinner while being entertained by a selection of traditional Thai culture and folk performances. Overnight in Chiang Mai
*Breakfast * Lunch * Dinner included
Day 4: Chiang Mai - Hanoi (By Air)
Today get ready for Thai cooking class. Post breakfast get picked up from the hotel to go to Nong Hoi local market to learn about various herbs and spices and pick up fresh ingredients for the cooking. Get step by step instruction from your instructor. After the 1st menu is done, you’ll be given time to taste, continue cooking the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th dishes. Then you will be provided with steam rice, to enjoy self-cooked lunch dishes. Afterward, you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Hanoi. Overnight in Hanoi
Hotel: La Belle Vie Hotel OR similar
Day 5: Hanoi
After breakfast, visit Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum before exploring his house on stilts. A short walk from the mausoleum is one of the great symbols of Hanoi, the One Pillar Pagoda, an 11th-century wooden temple built on a single stone pillar in the water. In the afternoon, visit the museum of Ethnology and the Old Quarter of Hanoi for a cyclo ride around the old streets which were named after the specific goods once offered for sale at these places. Stop at Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple to learn about legend of the lake.
Before the sunset, you will walk to Thanh Ha Market and Savor some traditional street food if you wish. Overnight in Hanoi.
Day 6: Hanoi- Halong Bay (By A/C vehicle)
After breakfast, you will travel to Ha Long bay, 2.5 hours drive along the highway to the Got Harbor in Hai Phong Province for the cruise. Enjoy welcome lunch on board the cruise ship. Later visit light & dark cave via kayak.
Overnight on Clypso Cruise OR Similar
*Breakfast* Lunch* Dinner included
Day 7: Halong Bay
Wake up early to join Tai Chi exercise on sundeck. You get picked up by a small day boat and cruise through Lan Ha Bay before disembarking at Viet Hai dock. A short trip to Viet Hai – a small village in the midst of the jungle, surrounded by the high mountain range of Cat Ba National Park. The area has become popular with foreign tourists, without attracting the mass tourism. Kayaking around the boat, happy hour on sundeck followed by dinner. Overnight on cruise
*Breakfast* Lunch* Dinner included
Day 8: Halong Bay - Hanoi- Luang Prabang (By Air)
Check out your cabin. Then you take a bus route for about 20 minutes on Cat Ba Island from Gia Luan Pier to visit Army Hospital Cave, a special place to save the significant Vietnamese history during the resistance war.
Drive to Hanoi Noi Bai airport to board flight to Luang Prabang.
Overnight in Luang Prabang
Hotel: Lesen Boutique Hotel OR Similar
Day 9: Luang Prabang
After breakfast, visit the National Museum at the former Royal Palace, which displays a lovely collection of the artifacts reflecting the richness of Lao culture. Continue city tour with the impressive stupa of Wat Mai, a beautiful golden temple near the National Museum. Continue your sightseeing with the magnificent Wat Xieng Thong with its roofs sweeping low to the ground, which represent the classical architecture of Luang Prabang temple. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 10: Luang Prabang
Observe a very special dawn ceremony where monks collect Alms as the sun begins to rise. Long lines of orange robed monks walk barefoot down the streets to collect offerings given by local residents. It is a beautiful, serene ceremony that highlights the spiritual side or Laos people. After breakfast, we take an excursion by boat upstream on the Mekong River to visit Pak Ou cave nested inside a limestone cliff and overlooking the mouth of the Mekong and Ou rivers. In the afternoon visit Kuang Si fall known for its spectacular beauty within a national park. Enjoy a swim in crystal clear water of the fall. Overnight in Luang Prabang
Day 11: – Luang Prabang - Siem Reap (By Air)
Early morning join Buddhist meditation class under instruction of yoga and medication teacher. Morning at leisure OR enjoy Laos massage or shopping at your discretion. Overnight in Seim Reap
Hotel: Tara Angkor Hotel OR Similar
Day 12: Siem Reap
After breakfast, enjoy a full day excursion to discover Angkor Thom and Temples. Firstly, you will visit the wonderful Angkor Thom (the Great City) including the Southern Gate, famous Bayon temple (12th century in the center of city remains one the most enigmatic temples of the Angkor group composed of 54 gothic towers decorated with 216 smiling faces of Avalokitesvara. Visit Banteay Kdei, Ta Prohm, one of the area’s most beautiful temples.
Evening, enjoy dinner with Apsara Dance Show. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 13: Siem Reap
Breakfast at hotel, then we will drive up Kulen Mountains for the visit to a Grand Buddha Statue, the River of Thousand Lingas and the Great Waterfall.
On the way back, we will visit to Banteay Srey, known as Citadel of Women or a Pink Temple, and Banteay Samre Temples. In the evening, early dinner will be catered at Marum Training Restaurant (which supports local NGO. All proceeds go to Tree Alliance. End your day with enchanting Phare Circus show. Overnight in Siem Reap
Day 14: Seim Reap- US Departure
Morning embark and enjoy a boat ride on the Tonle Sap lake. Visit “Les Artisans d’Angkor - Chantiers Ecoles”, this center is working with young artisans who creates, produce and markets a unique collection of ornamental sculpture, silk weaving and painting. The company promotes fair, sustainable development in order to provide benefits to the rural communities.
Later US departure